The UN’s LGBT expert has advocated for a global partnership to end violence

He advocated for unity in his keynote speech at the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (ILGA) in Bangkok. Vitit Muntarbhorn said: “resolute action is required to stop the violence and discrimination affecting not only LGBT communities but also the human rights defenders working with them… “this goes hand in hand with the… Read more »

Things Have Gotten Better For Europe’s LGBTI Community, But There’s Still Plenty Of Work To Do

London (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Azerbaijan, Russia and Armenia are the worst countries in Europe for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) rights, but violence against LGBTI people remains rife across the continent, a rights group said late on Sunday. Some countries have made historic strides towards giving LGBTI people legal equality, but progress… Read more »

EU court blocks gay asylum tests

The EU’s top court has ruled that refugees who claim asylum on the grounds that they are homosexual should not have to undergo tests to prove it. Three men, including a Ugandan and one from a Muslim country, failed in their bids for asylum when a Dutch court said they had not proved their sexuality.… Read more »

Official: Wurst win good for European gay rights

Paris — The head of Europe’s leading human rights body is praising Conchita Wurst’s Eurovision victory as a positive sign that freedom of expression is thriving, and that Europeans are “allowed to shock.” Secretary-General Thorbjorn Jagland of the Council of Europe spoke with The Associated Press by phone about new initiatives to fight anti-gay discrimination… Read more »

EU foreign affairs ministers adopt ground-breaking global LGBTI policy

Today the EU’s 27 foreign affairs ministers adopted a ground-breaking global policy. The LGBTI Guidelines instruct EU diplomats around the globe to defend the human rights of LGBTI people. The Council of the European Union*, the body that represents the 27 national governments in the EU, had already adopted a non-binding toolkit to promote LGBT… Read more »

24 countries in Europe still require sterilization from trans people

For the first time TGEU publishes a Trans Rights Europe Map & Index. The map shows that 24 countries in Europe require sterilization in legal gender recognition while a total of 16 countries do not provide for any possibility to change name and gender at all. This means that transgender people remain barred from active… Read more »

EU LGBT survey: Poll on homophobia sparks concern

A quarter of gay people surveyed in a major EU poll say they have been subjected to attacks or violent threats in the past five years. Poorer and younger respondents were more likely to face discrimination due to their sexuality, the survey found. Some 93,000 people in the EU and Croatia were polled in the… Read more »

Landmark Ruling: Human Right Court Rules Religious Beliefs Do Not Trump LGBT Rights

In an historic, landmark decision the European Court of Human Rights has ruled that an individual’s religious beliefs do not trump the rights of an LGBT person and may not be used to discriminate against them. The Court, in Strasbourg, France, examined four cases brought by Christians from the UK, two of which related to… Read more »

The GayGlobe

In the last two years, three internet surveys in Europe, the USA and Asia asked over 200,000 gay men and other men who have sex with men (MSM) about sex, safety and stigma. Gus Cairns looks at some of the data, and finds a mix of the expected and unexpected and some challenging findings for… Read more »

Poll: Gay men take twice as many holidays

A new poll suggested gay men take double the national average number of holidays each year. Ipsos Mori polled 2,174 gay men for Gaydar and has released both the pattern for gay holidays and the most popular destinations. San Francisco was the most popular city, followed by Amsterdam. The resort of Gran Canaria came third… Read more »

European Parliament condemns violence against lesbians in Africa

The European Parliament yesterday adopted a resolution on violence against lesbian women and gay and transgender rights more generally in Africa. MEPs acted in response to increasing reports of arrests and violence against LGBTI people, and particularly lesbian women, on the continent. Recently, there has been increasing reports of arrests of lesbian women in Cameroon.… Read more »

Budapest: MEPs open gay EuroGames 2012

Members of the European Parliament have taken part in the official opening of theEuroGames 2012 in Budapest, the Hungarian capital. Each year, the EuroGames gather LGBT athletes and their friends. More than 2,000 participants from 34 European countries are taking part in this year’s Games. However, the Budapest Assembly and the Mayor of Budapest declined… Read more »

Gay rights in Africa have ‘worsened’

Amnesty International global human rights report shows Europe lacks sufficient laws to combat LGBT persecution Amnesty International claims anti-gay discrimination has increased in Africa, while Europe lacks sufficient legislation to protect LGBT rights. In its 50th global human rights report, Amnesty described the situation in Africa as having ‘worsened’. It says politicians have failed to… Read more »

First EU-wide survey on life for gay, bi and trans citizens opens

Gay, bi and transgender adults from around the EU and Croatia are being asked to take part in the first European LGBT survey of its kind. The European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights launched the survey on the LGBT experience of life in member states today. It is hoped the results will support the development… Read more »

European Parliament resolves to protect gay couples’ inheritance rights

The situation will be improved in most member statesThe situation will be improved in most member states The European Parliament has adopted a resolution calling on member states to ensure gay couples inheritance rights are respect around the EU. The report adopted by the Parliament says individual countries who do not recognise legal partnerships between… Read more »

184 MEPs support gay rights manifesto

184 MEPs, including the President of the European Parliament came together this week to sign a pledge in support of LGBT rights, following a two-day long awareness event. Martin Schulz MEP, president of the European Parliament, along with dozens of MEPs gathered over Tuesday and Wednesday to show support for LGBT rights, at an event… Read more »

The Future of HIV Prevention Among MSM in Europe

Towards better sex with less harm for gay and bisexual men in Europe Good Morning The title of our conference asks us to consider the future, and I hope over the next two days we will all be looking forward. The future is inevitable. But what it looks like is not. The evidence base for… Read more »

Gay European-Union News & Reports 2011

Combating sexual orientation discrimination European Group of Experts reviews legislative measures taken by the Member States of the European Union to combat sexual orientation discrimination Book URL for Lesbians in Christian church in Europe EGAT – European Aids Treatment Group 1 Discrimination sexual orientation and gender identity in Europe 1/11 2 Euro Parliament blasts Iran on gays… Read more »

Gay European-Union News & Reports 2011

Combating sexual orientation discrimination European Group of Experts reviews legislative measures taken by the Member States of the European Union to combat sexual orientation discrimination Book URL for Lesbians in Christian church in Europe EGAT – European Aids Treatment Group 1 Discrimination sexual orientation and gender identity in Europe 1/11 2 Euro Parliament blasts Iran… Read more »

Gay European-Union News & Reports 2009-10

Combating sexual orientation discrimination December 23, 2004 European Group of Experts reviews legislative measures taken by the Member States of the European Union to combat sexual orientation discrimination Book URL for Lesbians in Christian church in Europe EGAT – European Aids Treatment Group 1 Council of Europe Propogates Anti-Family Yogyakarta Principles 2/09 2 Euro Parliament… Read more »

Gay European-Union News & Reports 2007-08

Combating sexual orientation discrimination December 23, 2004 European Group of Experts reviews legislative measures taken by the Member States of the European Union to combat sexual orientation discrimination http://ilga.org/news_results.asp?LanguageID=1&FileID=434&FileCategory=10&ZoneID=4 Book URL for Lesbians in Christian church in Europe http://www.ilga.org/news_results.asp?LanguageID=1&FileID=274&ZoneID=4&FileCategory=10 EGAT – European Aids Treatment Group http://www.eatg.org/pages/article.php?id=1 1 Europarliament Lurches Right 1/07 2 Moldovan Gay Pride… Read more »

Gay European-Union News & Reports 2000-06

Combating sexual orientation discrimination December 23, 2004 European Group of Experts reviews legislative measures taken by the Member States of the European Union to combat sexual orientation discrimination http://ilga.org/news_results.asp?LanguageID=1&FileID=434&FileCategory=10&ZoneID=4 Book URL for Lesbians in Christian church in Europe http://www.ilga.org/news_results.asp?LanguageID=1&FileID=274&ZoneID=4&FileCategory=10 EGAT – European Aids Treatment Group http://www.eatg.org/pages/article.php?id=1 0 Actual appearance of the 600 Euro Bill 1… Read more »

Gay Eastern Europe News & Reports

1 Modern Gays in Modern Eastern Europe 3/06 2 Gay man expelled from reality TV show for coming out 10/07 3 Europe’s Crumbling Closet 10/07 4 Euro Court rules gay couples eligible to adopt 1/08 5 First They Came for the Gays 1/08 6 Catholics unhappy at rights for gay Kosovans 2/08 GlobalGayz.com http://www.globalgayz.com March… Read more »